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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; American First edition (April 6 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743454529
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743454520
  • Product Dimensions: 3.7 x 17.1 x 24.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 612 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #344,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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WHEN I WAS LITTLE, the great mystery to me wasn't how babies were made, but whyRead the first page
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Teddy on Nov. 12 2008
Format: Paperback
Anna was conceived as a bone marrow donor for her sister Kate. Originally it was just going to be taken from the placenta but when that didn't hold, Anna ended up being a long-term donor for Kate. By the age of 13, Anna had undergone several surgeries and transfusions. Now she is expected to donate a kidney to her sister. Now she will draw a line in the sand. She will fight this.

What length should parents and siblings' go to save a family member's life? What is ethical, moral, and legal? What is right for the person who has the disease? Picoult does not give us the answers but leads us through the journey of what one family, lawyers, and the courts go through. In the end, we must decide.

I like how the narrative of the story switches from character to character so that we can get inside what each person is thinking and feeling. Picoult also throws in a few twists and turns to keep the story and plot going.

Several people have recommended this book to me. I must admit I hesitated, blowing it off as "chick lit". Boy was I wrong. This story is not superficial fluff; it deals with deep ethical issues and is well written.

This is the first Jodi Picoult book I have read, but it is certainly not the last. I highly recommend My Sister's Keeper!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 2 2004
Format: Hardcover
"My Sister's Keeper" is the first novel I have read by Jodi Picoult, and it could very well be the last. The premise of the novel is so interesting: a younger sibling is genetically "designed" so that she will be an acceptable donor to her older sister, who is very ill. As the girls age, there are medical, legal and emotional choices and consequences for the whole family. The story is told from the perspective of each character in the story, which is also an interesting and insightful way to deal with the subject matter.
However, in spite of its promise in both subject matter and form, the novel does not deliver a pleasurable read or a satisfactory ending. At several points while I was reading, I thought: "Is this a soap, or this literature?" I felt like the book, which has lofty quotations which run the gamut from D.H. Lawrence to Shakespeare, has too many aspirations. The author does not let it be enough of a straight-up tug at your heartstrings family drama, and tries to endow it with more seriousness than the writing is really capable of pulling off. And the ending was just not appropriate: the reader is anticipating an ending that deals with the ethical consequences of the character's actions, and the author robs the reader of that experience. I couldn't recommend the novel on that basis alone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen73 on June 19 2012
Format: Paperback
I have to object to the comments criticing the abruptness of the ending. I thought it was perfect. I don't believe readers needed all the nitty gritty details of the events that happened. You can imagine it for yourself. I had tears streaming down my face as I started to read the final chapter. If you've ever lost someone you loved abruptly, you will too.

Jodi Piccoult is one of my favourite authors. Her style of writing is an easy read and you quickly get caught up in the story line making it difficult to put any of her novels down.

I've you've seen the movie, know that the novel has very little in common with it. The movie bastardized the ending. The novel is a must read.
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By Diane Guignard on Jan. 10 2014
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This was a great book, it was an easy read, couldn't put it down. Can't wait to see the movie.
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Very good book. Would be one to read again in a few years. They should have made the movie as the book went.
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By loridrys on July 9 2013
Format: Paperback
This story has a very interesting premise; a 'designer' baby created to save an older child's life. I think the most interesting thing are the various chapters with the voices of the different characters...A lot of the 'wit' and wise-cracking comments go between a lot of the characters, so I am not sure each voice was carried off well, still an interesting idea.
It was hard to put down but it was somewhat 'soap-operaish'....the ending was not very satisfying, and the mother's character not reflective at all of her relationship with her husband and youngest daughter...Perhaps it was meant to show how wrapped up a mother can get in caring for one sick child. I gave it 3 stars because of the attempt at the various voices, and it did pull at my heart strings. Still, it would have been nice to see the mother more reflective of what a sick child does to a relationship between husband and wife, and her other children.
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By B. Arthurs-jones on June 21 2013
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At first I didn't want to read this. I am so happy I did. It has a great twist and will make you cry.
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By Barb O. on Feb. 14 2013
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What a story, I had a very hard time putting this one down !!!
I'm so glad that I didn't see the movie, that would have wrecked everything about this story.
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